AFSA, NAESP and NASSP Collaborate to Advocate for More Professional Development Funding

AFSA has long advocated for increased professional development opportunities for school leaders. One of the primary programs for professional development funding for principals and assistant principals is Title II of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA). However, the Department of Education recently found that districts only use an average of 4% of their allowable Title II dollars for principal professional development. This falls far short of what principals need to meet the increased demands placed on them as the operational and instructional leaders of their schools. Given the enormous impact principals have in their schools, and what is well known through research about the impact they have on student achievement, it is imperative that school leaders receive increased support and high quality professional development.

AFSA, NAESP and NASSP have collaborated to advocate for increased professional development funding for principals. The groups recently sent a joint letter to the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, HHS, Education & Related Agencies requesting that the FY 2015 Senate Labor, HHS, Education appropriations bill, “include language that requires local education agencies receiving Title II funds from ESEA to allocate no less than 10 percent of the total funds available for professional development for pre-k, elementary, middle level and high school principals to improve instructional leadership.” AFSA sincerely thanks all of the AFSA Locals that signed-on in support of the letter, and we will continue advocating for professional development opportunities and support for school leaders.

The full text of the letter is available here: Title II Letter in Support for Principals